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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 17th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST FREE Value Guide with coupons & tips. Pick up your copy at the Westfield Burwood Concierge Desk. Burwood Highs and lows Transport wins, police lose out BURWOOD police station's long- promised refurbishment remains a pipe dream. Tuesday's State Budget pledged to improve the lot of the local constabu- lary as part of a four-year $106 million program. But no money was allocated to the project for the next financial year. The State Government has prom- ised the refurbishment for the past four years, allocating various small sums of money over that time. Last July, the government called for expressions of interest to do the work. While the police missed out, trans- port was the winner for the Inner West in the Budget. Big-ticket items that received allo- cations of funding included $72.1 million for the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre (Port Enfield) and $60 million to continue work on the controversial Inner West Busway (Iron Cove Bridge duplication and Victoria Rd up- grade). A total of $17.7 million will go towards the proposed West Metro from Central to Parramatta via Five Dock, Sydney Olympic Park and Silverwater, on top of the $91 million pledged by the Federal Government. More than half a billion dollars will be spent on the $4.8 billion Sydney Metro underground railway line from Rozelle to Central in 2009-10. The government has prom- ised $2.7 billion towards the Sydney Metro over the next four years. Treasurer Eric Roozendaal said the Sydney Metro rail line connect- ing Central and Rozelle would form ''the backbone'' of a proposed metro network, with work expected to begin in 2010. ''Thirty seven per cent of our four- year program or $23.6 billion goes directly to roads and transport,'' he said. Mr Roozendaal said the Budget would also provide $4 million a year over the next two years to operate a commuter ferry service between Parramatta and the Central Busi- ness District. There was a conspicuous absence in the Budget of any cash towards the $50 million light rail extension from Dulwich Hill, which Inner West councils have already pledged $60,000 for a feasibility study. Energy Australia will receive $10 million to replace the Homebush subtransmission station; and $6 million to replace the under- ground feeder between Homebush and Concord. Concord Hospital is to receive $1.5 million for 17 clinical support officers and $300,000 for the burns unit. Local schools in the Drummoyne electorate will be boosted by $800,000. Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore said it was ''a win- win for Drummoyne'' which allo- cated $82 million in the Budget. ''I'm fairly happy,'' she said. More on the Budget on Page 2 THE BUDGET AT A GLANCE Forecast deficit in 2008-09 of $1.3 billion, the first since 1996 Budget deficit $990 million in 2009-10 No new taxes in 2009-10 $200 million in interest-free loans to councils to help fund infrastructure program $35 million community build- ing partnership to improve com- munity facilities such as halls, playgrounds, and parks
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